I can't exactly remember the last time we went to Chester Zoo, possibly when Thomas was little, but I don't remember it being as busy as it was today. I'm sure the whole of the north west had decided to visit.
We were given a map that none of us really wanted to read, so we did a bit of aimless wandering for 20 minutes before finally getting our act together and following the trail.
It was quite hot and a lot of the animals were lay down asleep, (makes you wonder who's got the brains really, them or us). It was also pretty hard to get a photograph of anything, people were stood shoulder to shoulder which made bending arms to take a snap pretty difficult.
I did manage to get a good shot of the chimpanzees though. I don't know what was going on with them today but they weren't half arguing with each other. There was full on slapping, pushing, glass banging and teeth baring. It was fascinating to watch them all squabbling, I'd love to know what it was all about.
Janice left a comment saying she has a photo of herself as a little girl in the 1950's feeding the elephants. There's nothing like that allowed these days but you can be a zookeeper for a day if you're over 18 and have £250 to spare!
I'd have liked to look around Oakfield House but there was a wedding on. It was bought for £3,500 in 1930 by George Mottershead who started the zoo. As lovely as the house is I'm not sure about using it as a wedding venue. Can you make out the wedding party on the right hand side? They were sat having drinks on the patio with just a rope separating them from the public who were just a few feet away from them on the grass eating their picnics.
And here's the man himself. I did wonder what he would make of the zoo these days. Would he find it too commercialised or would he be happy that the zoo attracted so many visitors and played an important part in conservation. Maybe he would think a little bit of both.
This baby giraffe is one of 3 that have been born in the last 8 months. Their species is the most endangered of the giraffes so the zoo must be thrilled that 3 have been born in such a short space of time.
Because we'd booked our tickets late yesterday the fast track pass for the new Islands wasn't available. After seeing the standard queue for the boats we decided it was too hot and the queue too long to stand there waiting, so we missed that part out.
On our way out though we did see this rhino and Thomas hit the nail on the head when he said "it's so majestic looking".We were shattered when we got in. Amy went straight to bed and was asleep in 5 minutes and Thomas lay on the settee watching TV.
No winding down for us though. A quick coffee to perk us up and then the Vicar arrived to discuss the funeral. It didn't take too long as we've had plenty of time to sort out music, readings, prayers etc so we spent most of her visit catching up on news from school and church.
I'm just about to settle down now with a brew ready to watch The Great British Bake Off, which is a perfect ending to a lovely day. Although if I'm truthful there were just too many people for it to be 100% enjoyable and I much preferred my more laid back fruit picking trip.